Updated Top 10 List
McMINNVILLE, Ore. – Three top-10 performances and a multitude of outstanding rookie debuts highlighted Linfield's showing at the Erik Anderson Memorial Icebreaker, a day-two meet at Maxwell Field that wrapped up on a chilly Saturday evening.
Unlike Saturday's misty and cool conditions, Friday evening was ideal for a crisp 10,000-meter run under the lights. Former Wildcat and double school record holder Marci (Klimek) Gage took first overall, clocking in at 35:49.49, while current seniors Hannah Greider (Sr., Shoreline, Wash.), Siena Noe (Jr., Yakima, Wash.) and Katie Skinner (Sr., Portland, Ore.) finished 4-5-6 as the top three Division III competitors. Greider slashed 11 seconds off her personal record, moving from eighth to seventh all time in the Linfield record books with a time of 38:19.35, while Noe came in at 38:43.50 and Skinner clocked in at 39:27.68.
In the men's long event, Joe Gladow (Sr., Shoreline, Wash.) was the top finisher for the Wildcats, completing the 25-lap race in 32 minutes, 54.56 seconds. Pacific's Tyler Shipley won the race in 31:06.59, just edging Linfield assistant coach Greg Mitchell (31:07.06).
Dallas Edge (Fr., Gig Harbor, Wash.) made an impressive collegiate debut, winning the 100 hurdles (15.33) by sixth-tenths of a second, taking sixth in the open 100 (13.09) and running the second leg on the Wildcats' second-place 4x100 relay team. Her performance in the 100 hurdles landed her on Linfield's Top 10 list with the eighth fastest time in program history.
Linfield had the lead headed into the home stretch after handing off from Ellie Schmidt (Jr., Dundee, Ore.) to Edge to Rachael Gernhart (So., Portland, Ore.) before Clackamas C.C. anchor Jordyn Searle ran a blistering final leg to edge Halsie Peek (Jr., Corbett, Ore.) at the line, 50.61 to 50.67.
Individually, Gernhart won the triple jump with a career-best maximum leap of 35 feet, 11½ inches (10.96 meters). The effort bettered her previous best – set at the same meet last season – by more than a foot, and moved her from eighth to fourth on the Linfield Top 10 list.
Peek, meanwhile, took second in the open 100 (12.95). Schmidt won the second heat of the open 200, finishing second overall, with a wind-aided 26.71 and also finished fourth in the 400 meters (1:02.71).
Audrey Lichten (Jr., Sequim, Wash.) placed third in the 1,500 meters (5:02.05) and fourth in the 800 (2:28.38). Madison Trowbridge (Jr., Portland, Ore.) was fourth in the fourth in the 5,000 meters (19:02.37).
Over in the field events, Kate Shear (Sr., Knappa, Ore.) was runner-up in the javelin with a toss of 128 feet, 11 inches (39.30m). Anna LaBeaume (Sr., Sequim, Wash.) took third in the discus (119-02/36.33m), fourth in the hammer (146-05/44.64m) and seventh in the shot put (35-05.75/10.81m).
Joy Harpham (So., Ashland, Ore.) finished in a five-way tie for third place in the high jump with a maximum clearance of 4 feet, 9¾ inches (1.47m).
Linfield's men, particularly the rookies, fared extremely well in the field events.
Kennedy Johnson (Fr., Gresham, Ore.) placed second in the triple jump (43-09.25/13.34m) and fourth in the long jump (20-10.00/6.35m). Freshman classmates Treve' Ensley and Eric Igbinoba (Fr., Cheney, Wash.) also did well in the horizontal jumps, with Ensley finishing second in the long jump (21-00.75/6.42m) and Igbinoba taking third in the triple jump (42-02.75/12.87m). Ensley also finished eighth in the open 200 (23.50).
Andrew Laney (Fr., Corvallis, Ore.) took fourth in the javelin with a long toss of 160 feet, 8 inches (48.97m) while Nick Fairhart (Jr., Morton, Wash.) was seventh in the hammer (147-00/44.81m).
On the track, Michael O'Neil made his collegiate debut with a sixth-place effort in the 5,000 (16:01.33).
Ensley, Jake Mihelich (Fr., Surprise. Arizona), Steven Holland (So., Ione, Ore.) and Johnson helped the Wildcats place third in the 4x100 relay (45.38). Individually, Mihelich was fourth in the 400 (50.87) and sixth in the 200 (23.19).
Zachary Knight (Fr., Mill Valley, Calif.) and Clay Monahan (So., Sammamish, Wash.) finished third and fifth, respectively, in the 400-meter hurdles, clocking in at 1:00.47 and 1:03.75.
AHEAD: Linfield takes a short trip up to Newberg for the Rich Allen Classic, a three-way meet with Pacific and host George Fox, Saturday beginning at 10:30 a.m.